Tony Abbott is upset over a two-year-old meme photo of him being displayed in Health Minister Tanya Plibersek’s office – and Plibersek’s not sorry.
The mock poster, which makes fun of the opposition leader’s admission that he was uncomfortable with gay people and also wanted to “stop the boats” arriving in Australia, was a viral hit, being shared hundreds of times on social networks in the run-up to the last general election.
Another poster displayed a similar picture of Abbott, and read: “Note to the ladies: Make me a sandwich.”
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Abbott saying the posters are “tacky and not funny.” His deputy Julia Bishop is similarly upset, adding: “It is offensive and she should apologise.”
Plibersek noted that the posters were satirical, and that she would make sure they were taken down. But she will not apologise.
She later tweeted:
Have instituted formal satire ban in office.— Tanya Plibersek (@tanya_plibersek) May 31, 2012
This story has reignited people’s interest in the original poster, which is being shared a lot today by left-leaning folks on Facebook.